TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa police have released the identity of the person whose remains were found in McKay Bay last week.
Police said the remains belong to Stephanie Crone-Overholts, whose death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Medical Examiner.
Public records show the victim’s most recent known address was in Lutz, Florida.
Crone-Overholts’ remains were first discovered near the 22nd Street Causeway Bridge on Nov. 11, when fishermen spotted what appeared to be a human leg floating in the water.
Police later confirmed that the body part they found was, indeed, that of a human being.
The following day, more body parts were found by witnesses in the same area.
“I saw what looked like a lump of dead fish at first, but as it floated closer to me it started to resolve into what looks like the lower half of a human leg,” said fisherman Stuart Welch, who called police after he spotted the limb around 15 feet into the water.
At the time, the only identifying characteristic officers had was a tattoo on Crone-Overholts’ lower right calf. The tattoo was of three hearts surrounded by ribbons with the names Sean, Greg, and Zach.
Earlier this week, police made an additional discovery after locating a silver Elantra believed to be connected to the situation, although they have not yet said what connection the vehicle has to Crone-Overholts’ death.
Neighbors told 8 On Your Side that police were at Crone-Overholts’ last known location in Lutz, Hillsborough County all day Friday and appeared to remove evidence from the home. They said they also saw the silver car that police were looking for.
Tampa police have not yet arrested or identified potential suspects in this case. The investigation is still underway.
In a statement to 8 On Your Side, eldest son Sean Overholts said, “My family and I are devastated. This has been a living nightmare, It is unimaginable what she went through. My mother will be deeply missed.”
Sean thanked his friends, family and police for their support throughout the investigation.
“We are anxious for justice to be served, and are extremely grateful to all law enforcement who are working hard to do that for our family and bring us closure.”